Since my last post outlining the 10 best Club Carlson hotels to redeem the annual free night certificate, several changes have taken place. Several hotels have changed categories and the Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf and Radisson Plaza – Warwick Hotel Philadelphia are no longer part of the Club Carlson portfolio. I recently re-applied for the Club Carlson credit card after cancelling it earlier this year. The ability to generate free nights through credit card spending is the main reason I got the card and the annual 40,000 point bonus isn’t too shabby either.
However, my post prompted some comments about the annual free night certificate that got me thinking: Is this benefit completely useless? Are there still U.S. based Club Carlson hotels where redeeming the free night certificate gets you good value? The answer to the latter question is simply “yes.” Even if you redeem your free night certificate at a Category 1 Club Carlson hotel, you’re bound to get at least $75 worth of value – enough to off-set the annual fee. Use the certificate the next time you’re stranded at the airport. The Radisson may not be the fanciest hotel in the area, but free beats fancy (at least in my opinion).
Anyway, if you’re wondering if there are any decent Club Carlson hotels left in the U.S. where you can get good value out of your Annual Free Night Certificate from the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, here’s an updated list of hotels and the points normally required for a free night:
- Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago (70000 points per night)
- Radisson Martinique on Broadway (70000 points per night)
- Radisson Blu Mall of America (70000 points per night)
- Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown (70000 points per night)
- Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront (44000 points per night)
- Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter (44000 points per night)
- Radisson Hotel New Rochelle (38000 points per night)
- Radisson Hotel Orlando – Lake Buena Vista (38000 points per night)
- Radisson Hotel San Diego-Rancho Bernardo (38000 points per night)
- Radisson Hotel Newport Beach (38000 points per night)
It was really tough to find hotels that didn’t have photos of cracked walls, leaky ceilings, or bed bug bites plastered all over TripAdvisor. It’s blatantly clear that Radisson needs a major revamp in terms of its branding as well as the condition of its U.S. properties. If some of these properties were part of the Hyatt, Starwood or pretty much any other chain, they would have never made any kind of “top 10” list unless that title was followed by “places to get viciously attacked by bed bugs.”
Club Carlson has made a lot of progress (and regressions in some areas) over the years, but hopefully now that they’ve established themselves as a rewards program and created several great co-branded credit cards, they’ll work on improving the conditions of their U.S. branded hotels.
Where do you plan on redeeming your annual free night certificate from the Club Carlson credit card?
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